Lawyer who created viral Eminem/Romney mashup says use of the song is fair use.
Mitt Romney takes on the form of Eminem in the latest viral video burning up YouTube, a mash-up of the GOP frontrunner's speeches set to the tune of "The Real Slim Shady." The man behind it all is Australian lawyer Hugh Atkin -- the same video satirist who created the now-removed "Barack Roll" video back in 2008. Watch it below.
Atkin recently told Forbes that he's been thinking about this video for a long time, and was finally able to execute it using interview and speech transcripts matched to videos on the White House, Fox News and C-SPAN websites.
"For example, I could search for the words "trucks" and "Romney" on the Fox website and see that Governor Romney said "trucks" at 2:59 in an interview on Dec. 4, 2011," Atkin explained.
His last political YouTube video, an Obama-themed version of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," was removed from YouTube because of a copyright claim by Sony. He has not yet had any problems with the "Real Mitt Romney" video, which he said is because "the use of instrumental audio from 'The Real Slim Shady' for the purpose of parody constitutes fair use." Atkin went on to cite the US Supreme Court decision in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, which ruled in favor of 2 Live Crew regarding its parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman."
"Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up (feat. Eminem)" was only posted on March 19, but as of today (March 22), already has more than 1.4 million views on Youtube.